It’s been a while since you’ve seen the new powder room and closet but we’ve finally made enough progress to share with you. I’ll get to the powder room progress another day (lots going on there). Today is all about the new closet and hanging wallpaper. 

Tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

If you remember, way back in July I shared the new bedroom closet build (you can see it here). We built it in an empty corner of the guest bedroom to replace the closet that was turned into a powder room. Remember, we have a small home so we needed to add a closet back for extra storage (not to mention resale).

Taking an empty corner in a bedroom and building a closet.

Building the walls for a small bedroom closet.

We’ve had a ton of challenges with this space from the get-go. First challenge is working in such a tight space. It makes every project more difficult, and time consuming. The next challenge is that the walls are plaster and nothing is square or level. It may be small, but building the closet was not easy. It’s just the way it is with older homes. 

Building the walls for a small bedroom closet

Once we finished building the closet, I filled all the holes and painted the walls. After painting the walls I started throwing around the idea of wallpaper. I’ve never been particularly fond of wallpaper, and we’ve never actually hung it in any of the homes we’ve lived in, but I wanted to try something different in this tiny space.

A completed small bedroom closet build and hanging wallpaper to add color and pattern to the small space.

Deciding I wanted to use wallpaper was easy. Actually finding one that I loved was a whole other ball game. I looked at a ton of samples, and it took me weeks to decide, but I finally settled on one I loved (this one from Spoonflower).

I went into this project like I always do, with a clear picture of what I wanted and a husband who is always on board. (Ok, maybe not always but he usually comes around). This time was different though. He didn’t want me to use wallpaper, actually he hated the idea, and he poo-pooed every sample I showed him. Obviously he was no help, so I picked this out without his blessing and ordered it.

Tips for hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

Hanging Wallpaper

Hanging wallpaper is a two person job so I had to employ a bit of groveling to get the hubs to help me out. Of course he did it, he has never refused, but he hated every minute. Ask him, he will tell you so himself. 

I won’t go through a step-by-step but I will tell you a few things that we did that made the job easier.

Like I said, we have never hung wallpaper before so we had no experience to look back on. We just read the instructions that came with the wallpaper and did it, with a few modifications.

The very first thing we did was to work with a small sample piece of our prepasted paper. The instructions said to use a roller or sponge but we didn’t like how it spread out so we used a squirt bottle. We sprayed down our small sample piece and booked it for the time instructed. It came out perfectly. 

Hanging wallpaper tip by testing a sample first

Once our test was done and we were ready to start the process, we grabbed a big piece of wood from the basement. This gave us enough space to spread each sheet out so we could wet it down thoroughly.

Wetting down and hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet for added color and pattern.

After we thoroughly wet the sheet of wallpaper, we booked it for 10 minutes and then hung it on the wall.

Hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly transform a space.

Hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

You want to make sure your walls are smooth, every bump will show. Also, if you paint your walls first, make sure you’ve given them plenty of time to dry. 

We used 4 strips of wallpaper and it took us 90 minutes from start to finish. Compared to the other projects we’ve done in this space, it was pretty easy. The change is dramatic, too.

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Tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

It’s just the pop I was hoping for. Of course there will be a door on the closet so you won’t see it unless you open it. 

We also added electric in this space for a light (you can find the one I bought, here). Older homes don’t have lights in the closets so I wanted to be sure we added one in here. It probably isn’t totally necessary, since it’s such a small space, but it wasn’t a big deal to add it while we were building.

Little tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

This weekend we’ll finish the quarter round, add shelving and a rod.

It’s a small space, for sure, but I should be able to store some of my shoes and hanging clothes. It’s certainly better than hanging them in a bag in the basement, where they’ve been ever since we started.

My final thoughts on wallpaper(?)

I love it in this space but I won’t be doing anymore rooms in the near future. I change my mind about my decor often and if I had wallpaper in a space that I had to look at every day, I would tire of it. 

Wallpaper is expensive, ya’ll! That was part of my issue with picking the right one out. I would find one I loved and it would be way out of my price range. As it was, I paid $240 for this small space. What???? I know, I know…

As for the hubs…he still doesn’t like it and I’ve stopped trying to convince him. You can’t win ’em all. hanging wallpaper in a closetLittle tips we picked up hanging wallpaper in a small bedroom closet. An easy DIY that can instantly add color and transform a space.

What about you…would you hang wallpaper in your home?

You can catch up on the powder room addition here.

Turning a bedroom closet into a much needed but small powder room.A New Addition to the Cottage: A Small Powder Room

And the DIY vanity we built here.

A simple DIY vanity for a small powder room addition. Building a DIY Vanity

 

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Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Our Mediterranean cruise is ending today and we’ll be flying back home this afternoon, which means it’s back to business tomorrow. Boo! I love to travel but the first few days back home are always the worst. No pity party for me though because we are so lucky that we were able to take this trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Let’s get right back into DIY mode with an easy and inexpensive lamp makeover I did on my green lamp. We used it in the blue guest room in our house in Illinois and I loved how it looked with the turquoise painted walls, but I was ready for a change.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I bought the lamp at HomeGoods a few years ago and picked it out because of the color, but it just didn’t fit into the style that I was going for in the guest bedroom in the new house.

An easy lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I was going for a lighter look in this room with blues and whites and I wanted the lamp to be an accessory, not the center of attention. I considered buying a new one but ceramic lamps are pricey and I really liked the shape, so I decided to give it a little makeover.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

I thought about going white but I wanted it to be a little different so I went for an aged mercury glass look, with a gold tone. I’ve done it the mercury glass look before, when I made a mason jar lamp for my new kitchen in our Illinois house, so I knew that I loved the look. What I didn’t know, though, was how well I would be able to cover the shiny green surface of the lamp.

There was only one way to find out…I just had to go for it.

Supplies

  • lamp
  • Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint
  • Rustoleum Gold Metallic spray paint
  • Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint
  • water and vinegar solution in spray bottle (1 part water to 1 part vinegar)
  • damp towel (to blot water/vinegar solution)
  • painter’s  tape

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

With the lamp cleaned up with a damp towel and the cord and socket all taped up with painter’s tape, I started my lamp makeover by spraying a light coat of Rustoleum gold metallic spray paint on the lamp. The paint dried very quickly so, after a few minutes, I added 2 more light coats until the green disappeared.

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

Next, I tried out the Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and the water and vinegar solution. First, I lightly spritzed some of the water and vinegar solution on the lamp, you want it to bead up and not run down the lamp.

Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.Then I sprayed a light coat of the Mirror Effect spray paint right over the water and vinegar solution. I let the paint set up for about 30 seconds and used the damp paper towel to dab off the water drops.

Once I dabbed all of water off, I lightly (very lightly) sprayed a little bit of the Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint, just to add a hint of color and texture. See how the water and vinegar solution gives it the aged look?

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

After it was dry, I added a burlap shade and put it back in the room. I’ve been adding a lot of gold touches around the house and I wanted to have some in this room, so that’s why I went with the gold metallic paint. I could add more Mirror Effect spray if I wanted more of a silver look, but I really love the aged gold tone.

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look. So I guess I would call this look “aged mercury glass with a gold tone”.

An easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Sometimes you never know with these kinds of experiments, but I love how it turned out. I think it adds a bit of warmth to this corner of the room.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.An inexpensive DIY ceramic lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Have you ever changed the look of a lamp using paint?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great week, my friends!


Speaking of paint…I painted a couple of mason jars with chalk paint and made little planters out of them for my kitchen window.

An easy DIY project painting mason jars with chalk paint and turning them into planters for your kitchen window.

Chalk Paint Mason Jar Planters

One of my favorite projects was the mason jar lamp that I made for my newly remodeled kitchen.

Turning an old mason jar into a beautiful lamp with an aged mercury glass look.

Mason Jar Lamp 

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Hey there…hope you had a great 4th of July weekend. We had a low-key but great weekend with some really lovely weather, finally. I’m sorry to see it end so we’ll just ease into Monday with a little gallery wall project that I’ve been slowly working on in the guest bedroom.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

It’s been over a year since I revealed my blue guest bedroom and, when I last shared it with you, I still had a few things to finish. One of the items on the unfinished list was this blank wall that you see as you walk into the bedroom. When we first moved in I had a big, tall dresser on this wall but it was just too large for the space so once we painted, added a bed and fixed everything up, I had a blank wall that needed a little something.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

The first thing I tried was a small console that was used in the hallway of my last house. I put it there for a few weeks, knowing that I could paint it, but it just took up too much space in this small room.

Next, I tried some artwork. I’m not sure what the picture in the frame is but I felt that it looked lost on the wall.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

I just never got the warm fuzzies from anything that I tried (you know that feeling you get when you decorate an area and you know it’s just right?) so I started experimenting with different things to make a mini gallery wall.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

I did shop for pieces to display but ultimately used things that I already had, including the silhouette of Finn, which was a fun and easy project I did last year.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.comIt took a while but I think I found a combo that I like…for now anyway.

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

When you’re decorating, do you know right away if something is going to work or do you leave it for a while before you decide?

Hope you have a great week!

Guest Bedroom Gallery Wall - chatfieldcourt.com

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Hey, hey how was your Turkey Day? We had a good day with good friends and good food. The rest of our weekend was spent decorating for Christmas (me) and relaxing (you know who).

If you’ve been hanging here lately then you know I just finished my 2nd guest bedroom makeover (if you are new…Welcome! You can read about my 1st guest bedroom makeover here and my 2nd guest bedroom makeover here). I wanted to share a small extra touch I added to each room for my guests. It was so easy to do and it was FREE! Do you see it on the nightstand?

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comWhenever our girls come home to visit they yell out from their bedroom…”Moooommmm what’s the password for the internet?”

I usually end up reciting it 2 or 3 times until they get it, it’s a really long and complicated password, so I thought I would print out our wi-fi info on some card stock and frame it for each room.

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comI used Picmonkey to make a simple design and added our connection name and our password (which is blocked out for privacy reasons, obviously). Printed it out on card stock, cut it to fit and slapped it into the frame. 15 minutes to do both…so simple. You could be all fancy and colorful but I went with something super simple…that’s just how I roll. 😉

I’m sure they’ll find something else to yell about. LOL

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comSince this project was so quick and simple I was able to work on my Christmas decorating. It was a balmy 45 degrees on Saturday so I worked outside on my front porch stoop. Here’s a peek.

Wi-Fi Info in the Guest Bedrooms | chatfieldcourt.comHave you started your Christmas decorating yet? What about your shopping? I’ve done some but I’m a bit behind.

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